Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 MEGA OIS
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Brings the birds in close
Richie, B&H Photo
27 January 2015
Excerpt: I use this lens for birding. The photos are from a nature preserve near Pawleys Island, SC. It is serious in length and weight. But the same lens in a Canon L series would be over 10k in price.
Excerpt: I haven't had this lens very long yet, but I've used it to take photos of dogs playing in the backyard and a football game and it did well at both of those tasks. I plan to use it to take pictures of birds and other wildlife when I get the chance. I will say that the lens has been at least as good as I hoped. The pictures have been sharp and the focus speed has been pretty good. 600mm does require good technique even with the OIS, but the OIS seems pretty helpful.
Excerpt: Great telephoto zoom lens for M34, maybe one of the best for this format. There are a lot of complaints about softness at 300mm, but is essential to treat this lens like a 600mm on a full frame sensor. If NEEDS a tripod for best results. It also helps to avoid 300mm at the widest aperture. Better results come by shooting at something like 260-280mm and stopping the aperture 1-2 stops. The lens has manageable limitations. It is a remarkable value for the price.
Excerpt: I have always wanted a super telephoto lens and now I finally have one. It is a large lens as micro 4/3 lenses go, but it is tiny compared to other lenses that give a 600mm equivalent reach. It balances fine on my G5. I have only been able to use it a little in the time I have had it, but I have been pleased so far. It isn't a Canon L quality lens, but it is about one tenth the price of a 600mm L lens. It is a plastic lens and the barrel extends when you zoom.
Excerpt: Another great addition to my Panasonic Lumix GH-4 system. While I would love a PRO version (better weather sealing, etc) of this lens, the current one is a good walk-around lens for birds and wildlife. It's not great for really fast moving subjects but I have managed birds in flight.
Excerpt: I bought a GH4 with this lens to made 4k aviation videos for my Youtube channel. ---------. I set the GH4 focus on Manual and creative videos. I set the focus of the lens on infinite, but when I zoom during the shooting the lens losts the focus. Sometime the focus is lost forever and the resulting video is very poor. I spent last weekend on shooting videos but a great part of the raw material is affected by this issue.
Excerpt: Bought this to use with an Olympus OM-D EM-5 and was quickly disappointed. Tried it with IBIS off and only the lens stabilization on and then vice versa. Also tested it with a tripod. The lens simply is not sharp at all, and gets worse on the longer end. The bokeh is very funky, bad. Too much chromatic abberation. I'm being generous with the three star rating.